The Cowford Chophouse is proud to announce that its third annual MOO-VE IT 5K will be held downtown on March 2 in remembrance of the late Michael Liles, former executive director of the Justice Coalition. The race will benefit the Justice Coalition, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of innocent victims of crime in the five-county area of Northeast Florida. Cowford has partnered with the Winston Family YMCA to offer “Couch to 5K” and “Couch to 15K” exclusive training programs to help 30 lucky individuals prepare for the MOO-VE IT 5K or the Gate River Run, a 15k race taking place later in March.
Proceeds from the MOO-VE IT 5K will be donated in Michael Liles’s name to the Justice Coalition to support the organization’s mission to advocate for victims, educate victims about their rights, and work with law enforcement to make our communities safer. This year’s race will help fund the Justice Coalition’s newspaper, the Victims’ Advocate, which shares victims’ stories and is just one way the organization provides victims with a welcoming and safe community for healing.
“The Justice Coalition provides remarkable support for victims and their families,” said Cowford Chophouse owner Jacques Klempf. “We are proud to bring the community together through the MOO-VE IT 5K to raise awareness and funds that provide a voice for victims of crime in honor of Michael, whose incredible work and passion has been helpful and inspirational to so many.”
Michael began his work with the Justice Coalition in 2017 after the passing of his wife due to a violent crime. His dedication led the organization to offer Michael the executive director position, in which he fought tirelessly to protect victims and their families. Michael Liles passed away on October 16, 2018 at the age of 62. Michael and his wife are survived by their five children and eight grandchildren.
“Michael’s passion for victims was unparalleled, and his work to help them during the most difficult times of their lives will always be remembered,” said Robert Bracewell, chair of the Justice Coalition. “While Michael’s loss is still felt throughout the community, we continue to carry on our mission to stand up for those affected by crime and hope the Jacksonville community will stand with us by participating in the MOO-VE IT 5K in remembrance of Michael.”
In addition to proceeds from the MOO-VE IT 5K, Cowford donated 20 percent of proceeds from its Downtown Wine Down event on Oct. 18, 2018 to the Justice Coalition. Jacques Klempf also matched ticket sales with a personal donation to the Justice Coalition in remembrance of Michael Liles and his impactful work with the organization.
Runners can register to participate in the one-mile fun run for $25 and the MOO-VE IT 5K for $35 at http://1stplacesports.com/races/mooveit/ to benefit the Justice Coalition.
Training Program Details
Additionally, race sponsor Winston Family YMCA has partnered with Cowford to conduct both a “Couch to 5K” and “Couch to 15K” training program for 30 individuals total with 15 in each program. Individuals can sign-up to take part in this all-inclusive six-week training program beginning Jan. 21, 2019. The weekly training program includes three group running opportunities per week at the Winston Y, as well as additional fitness education information sessions. All participants must attend two out of three running sessions per week. Sessions will be available on Monday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. each week. Participants can register by emailing Ryan Parker, Winston Y Healthy Living Director, at email@example.com. Space is limited to 15 spots for the “Couch to 5K” and “Couch to 15K” training groups, respectively.
The Cowford Chophouse, locally owned and operated by the Klempf family, is Jacksonville’s premier steakhouse and a historical landmark for the area. Its unique architecture, high ceilings, arched windows and stylish dining rooms make Cowford Chophouse a striking departure from the ordinary steakhouse. With its exquisite menu that perfectly blends classic, coastal and southern culinary styles, it is the ideal setting for a variety of gatherings – from casual happy hour cocktails on the rooftop, to a casual lunch or a fine dining experience in the dining rooms, to social and corporate private dinning events. The Cowford Chophouse is located on Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.cowfordchophouse.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.